Manuel With a Jetpack

The director of a Norwegian museum claimed yesterday to have discovered cartoons drawn by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War.

William Hakvaag, the director of a war museum in northern Norway, said he found the drawings hidden in a painting signed “A. Hitler” that he bought at an auction in Germany.

He found colored cartoons of the characters Bashful and Doc from the 1937 Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which were signed A.H., and an unsigned sketch of Pinocchio as he appeared in the 1940 Disney film.

—The Daily Telegraph (U.K.), 2/23/08

“Woodland Nymph Drinking Camomile Tea,”

B. Mussolini, ink on death warrant, 1937.

The Duce of Italy by 1925, Benito Mussolini was central to the development of the Futurist aesthetic, but in his spare time he liked nothing better than to draw Pre-Raphaelite woodland nymphs frolicking in idealized northern European glades.

Est. value: $120,000.

“Mobutu Sese Seko (The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake),”

M. Sese Seko, Kodak color print, 1978.

The dictator in a Nehru jacket with unidentified woman.

Est. value: $40,000.

“The Peabody Girls in Their Ongoing Battle with the Puff-Puff Demons, in the Land of Sparrowon,”

N. Ceaucescu, notes and illustrations for a projected epic, ink, watercolor and collage on paper, 1973.

Est. value: $315,000.

“Untitled (Robin Hood Beating Up Spiderman),”

Kim J. I., ink and crayon on paper, 2002. Work by this reclusive genius appears on the market very rarely. This piece is in mint condition and expected to go quickly.

Est. value: $300,000.

“Six Million Earth Spirits Paying Tribute to Turkmenbashi,”

Turkmenbashi, gold, silver, bronze, styrofoam, conch shells and enamel, 2003.

Est. value: $2 million.

“Well-Endowed Horse,”

H. Selassie, charcoal on gold brick, 1940.

Haile Selassie, the last emperor of Ethiopia, inscribed this powerful comment on Western ideas about African masculinity while in exile at Fairfield House in Bath, England.

Est. value: $50,000.

“Untitled (Manuel with a Jetpack),”

M. Noriega, pencil on toilet paper, 1995.

One of a series of jetpack drawings produced in the Federal Correctional Institution, Miami, Florida.

Est. value: $80,000.

“Untitled (Flowers, rainbows, squiggly li
nes),”

P. Pot, colored marker and glitter glue on banana leaf, 1981.

Though much reviled in the West, Pot had a surprisingly whimsical side, as demonstrated by this bubbly
confection.

Est. value: $45,000.

“Shirley Temple with Enormous Knockers,”

J. Perón, ink on signed photograph, 1947.

A pin-up page from Starscreen magazine, inscribed by the actress to Mr. Perón and ornamented with his own hand-drawn embellishment.

Est. value: $600,000.

“Sad Clown Triumphantly Invading Israel,”

I. Amin Dada, living tableau, 1974.

Est. value: $650,000.

“Glorious Statue of Turkmenbashi Holding Two-Pronged Turkmenbashi on Turkmenbashi Base,” and “Turkmenbashi in Turkmenbashi Square Under the Shadow of Turkmenbashi Turkmenbashi Receiving Turkmenbashi with Turkmenbashi,”

Turkmenbashi, oil on canvas (diptych), 1997. Est. value: $150,000.

“Chinese Maiden Gets a Little of the Old Turkmenbashi,”

Turkmenbashi, documentary video installation, 2001.

Often brutal in real life, Turkmenbashi shows a sure hand and a deft touch in this surprisingly tender evocation of cross- cultural misunderstanding and innocence lost.

Est. value: $275,000.

“Gnome Holiday,”

Vidkun Quisling, plaster, paint, reindeer leather and posterboard, 1943.

Est. value: $550,000.

“The World Is Everything That Is the Case (Red and Yellow II),”

F. Franco, acrylic on canvas, 1971.

During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Franco made his conclusive break with the highly symbolic, figurative work for which he had become famous a decade earlier and began producing paintings of luminous, unbounded color, often titled with phrases from Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell. This sterling example of his early explorations of color field work is considered one of his finest and has not changed hands since 1983.

Est. value: $22 million.

Manuel With a Jetpack